Richard "Dick" Hard
Rangers - Defensive Tackle
1962-63; 1966; 1968
St. Louis Cardinals (1964)
A rarity. That's what many in
the football world called Richard Hard. In the 1960's
football was dominated by the "average" sized guy. So
when coaches saw the 6'4" 300 lb Hard on the football field
in prime shape, they drooled at the possibility of securing
his services. A standout from West Seattle High
School, Dick joined the Seattle Ramblers as a youngster who
immediately dominated the offensive and defensive lines.
For two seasons he was on a team that struggled to only 6
wins in total after the Ramblers were dominant for so many
years. But, that didn't detract from the scouts coming
to see the big man from Seattle.
Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals on
Jan 9, 1964 as 11th Round Draft Pick after playing at
Wenatchee Junior College. Was released on August 28,
1964 and his desire to work with the kids at the YMCA won
out over continuing to play pro football far from home for
what was then a very small paycheck by today's standards.
After returning to Seattle he joined
a "new" Ramblers squad that went 9-0 in the Pacific Football
League for 1966. He earned All-League nods at
defensive tackle. The Ramblers would become the
Seattle Rangers in the Continental Football League for 1967.
One of the largest players in the
Continental Football League and the largest of the Seattle
Rangers, he was a 2nd Team All-CFL selection in 1968.
Elected to the Pacific Northwest
Football Hall of Fame in 1994 along with teammates Tony
Softli and Dick Sharp.